Ranking Member Waxman Seeks Answers on Time Warner Cable Lobbyist Email

Oct 4, 2013

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Time Warner Cable Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn A. Britt regarding an email sent by a Time Warner Cable lobbyist to House and Senate Republican staff that says, “next time you think about helping the broadcasters – particularly the networks – read this.…”  The lobbyist then linked to an article in The Weekly Standard titled “NBC Launches Week of Programming to ‘Help’ Obamacare Succeed.”

The letter is available online here.  The email is available online here.

                                                                                              October 4, 2013                                                                    

Mr. Glenn A. Britt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Time Warner Cable
60 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

Dear Mr. Britt:           

I recently obtained an email that one of Time Warner Cable’s lobbyists sent to Republican staff in the House and Senate.  The email says, “next time you think about helping the broadcasters – particularly the networks – read this. . . .”  Immediately below his message, your lobbyist pasted a link to an article in The Weekly Standard titled “NBC Launches Week of Programming to ‘Help’ Obamacare Succeed.”   I have attached a copy of the email.

Could you please explain why this email was sent and what purpose it serves?

A broadcaster has a public service obligation and should be informing viewers about the new options for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

On the other hand, a cable company should not be pandering to the worst instincts of the reckless Republican extremists that seem to be running the House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

Henry A. Waxman
Ranking Member